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Bei Shan Park

Another cool (new to me) place I found was Bei Shan Park. North Mountain Park? I’m going with pin yin instead of English translation. 

I saw this park on the map, but had never heard of it or been there, so we went as a family today to check it out. Here’s the name and address if you want to check it out too. 

呼和浩特北山公园

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It was just a typical Chinese park in the sense of concrete paths to walk on with grassy areas you can’t walk on. No playground or attractions, but lots of scenic areas and statues to take pictures with.

It’s also newly constructed (I can’t find an exact date, but it seems it was finished at end of 2016) and on the northeast edge of town, so it’s not very crowded (or at least it wasn’t on a beautiful Saturday in May). 

Other good points: lots of public bathrooms, well-kept (or at least new enough that nothing is falling apart yet), and good views.

The main gate. Faces east, just south of the North Second Ring Road on Wan Tong Road.

The main gate. Faces east, just south of the North Second Ring Road on Wan Tong Road.

If you enter at this gate, there’s a bit of a hike up the hill/mountain. It’s nothing. Unless you have to carry the stroller and a 25 pound kid up there. Instead of going up the hill first, if you turn back toward the gate, there are stairs where you can climb to the top of the wall that makes the gate.

Both gates face east, the one is a little farther south than the main gate. Take this gate if you are pushing a stroller or carrying stuff. This gate can be identified by the fact that the gate itself is a giant abacus.

Both gates face east, the one is a little farther south than the main gate. Take this gate if you are pushing a stroller or carrying stuff. This gate can be identified by the fact that the gate itself is a giant abacus.

The park trail/road simply goes up the hill, makes a loop around a circular area at the top, and back down.

large plaza at the top

large plaza at the top

another view of the plaza at the top

another view of the plaza at the top

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scenes from the park

scenes from the park

The park overlooks a church and a water park.

The park overlooks a church and a water park.

The park overlooks a church and a water park.

The park overlooks a church and a water park.

My over-all recommendations for the park is that it sort of feels like you’re getting out of the city, even though you’re not. If you’re a runner, I feel like it would be a great place to run. My best guess is that the loop is about a mile (1.6 km) with really good inclines. (I did not actual measuring, just guessing!)

Have you been there already? What were your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Hohhot Tourist Map

I finally had a bit of time to tackle a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Here is a very simple map of Hohhot with some of the most famous places marked. I hope it can help you get around if you’re visiting or new to the city. Let me know as you find mistakes or really wish a certain place could be included or excluded.

tourist map in jpg format

tourist map

 

tourist map in pdf format

 

 

Also, be sure to check out our printable menu for help in ordering until you learn how to say your favorites!

 

 

Ten Hohhot News Items

There’s a news article that seems to be popular among my local friends so I thought I would share the highlights here with you, lovely readers. The article lists ten recent news items related to Hohhot. I’ll post the article in full below, but I’ll do my best to translate the headlines for you.

ONE: another expressway will open in late July in Hohhot. It will be have be 80 km of six lanes without signal lights

TWO: Subway lines one and two will be ready in 2020 according to the Metro Planning National Development and Reform Commission

THREE: Hohhot ranked 45th out of 289 cities in sustainable competitiveness

FOUR: A new landmark in Hohhot-A new bus station transport hub in the East will be ready in October

FIVE: Train service from Hohhot to Shenzhen began on May 20th (schedule included in Chinese article below)

SIX: The whole country will have a day of vacation on September 3

SEVEN: Pensions of retired personnel in Inner Mongolia increased by an average of about 10%

EIGHT: Decided! Civil Service salary will increase by 300 yuan per capita by the end of June

NINE: Good news! The education requirements for employment are being relaxed (I’m not entirely sure about my translation of this one).

TEN: A new flower garden will open in Hohhot at the end of May and entrance is free!

Read the full articles below:

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Next Field Trip is May 7th!

Our next field trip will be on May 7th!  This time we’ll go to the botanical gardens! Cost is 80 RMB per person including lunch,  transportation,  and entrance fees. Please register before May 4th.

Wednesday May 7: Botanical Gardens and Wu Lan Fu Memorial adults 80 RMB, children 80 RMB leave from Gong Da at 8:30,  and Bin Yue at 9:00, return at 1:00 pm

These events are open to anyone so feel free to invite local friends who have kids. We hope it will provide interaction with locals for our children and time for us to have meaningful conversations with other moms (and/or dads). And yes! Dads are welcomed to come! If you don’t have kids, you are also welcomed!

For those bringing a stroller: Please stow it in the under-carriage storage of the bus when you get on. Please mark or identify it clearly so that there is no mix-up and so that we can quickly load and unload.

The bus company will have insurance that will cover any accident/event that happens while on the bus. If you would like to purchase additional insurance, we can put you in contact with a company where you can do so. If not, when you get on the bus you will need to sign a waiver stating that neither Shan Cai Hong nor Jill Judd will be responsible for any accidents, injuries, or losses.

Contact Shan Cai Hong (Rainbow) for more information 18686031221 or to make your reservation. You may also make a reservation by leaving a comment here, calling/texting Jill at 18747977365, or by sending an email to asiajudds@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there. Check out pictures here and here of our previous events.

 

我们将要在5.7周三,组织第三次中外朋友及孩子的户外活动。希望让孩子们适应团体,增强沟通、拓展思维、双语学习。如大家有意向带孩子参加,请提前在5.4周日前报名。(与闪彩虹联系:18686031221,提供家长姓名、电话、孩子姓名、性别、年龄和上车地点)我们将会在车上统一收费支付租车费和车上餐点。孩子年龄最好在1岁以上。(相关收费包括车费,车上水和餐点。由于我们都各自带小孩去,请各自要注意自身安全,如果大家想上保险可自行提前安排上。不上保险者,车上需要签免责书)
5月7日,周三,8:30-13:00:钢铁路植物园(乌兰夫纪念馆)(成人80元  小孩80元)8:30巴士会在工大西门,9:00在宾悦酒店西门对面的十字路口西南马路边停车。(由于车上有相关统一安排,所以我们只接受这两个点上车,其他地方一律不停车。)

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Aertai Amusement Park 阿尔泰游乐园

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Our family took a much needed half-day off from our normal routine today. We decided to take our girls to Aertai Amusement Park to enjoy the nice weather. If you haven’t been there, I hope this post will be helpful to you.

Aertai Park is located on Xing An North Road in the north central park of town. You can see the tall ferris wheel from many vantage points in the city.

There are amusement park type rides such as a ferris wheel, small roller coasters, a log ride, carousels, and others. Other than those there are the normal attractions offered at most parks in China such as paddle boats, electric cars, a playground and an area to take photos in costumes with stuffed animals. This park is large, but there are carts for rent if you don’t want to walk. There is also an indoor roller skating rink.

There is a photo gallery below where you can scroll through and see pictures of the attractions. There is also a picture of the price list. Most of the activities are about 15 RMB/person. You can’t pay with cash. You need to get a card at the front gate or at one of the appropriate booths located throughout the park. You have to keep a 15 RMB deposit on the card that you can’t spend. (So, if plan to spend 50 RMB, you need to put 65 RMB on the card).

And lest you think I only include the beautiful things of Hohhot and exclude the rest, I included a picture looking down at the lake, which was full of trash 🙁